CANADIAN, OK —
With nothing to play for but pride, the Chouteau Wildcats wanted to make sure they ended the season just how it began 10 weeks ago, with a win.
Although it was sloppy, the Wildcats did just that. Led by senior Doug Mynahan’s 117 yards passing and two scores, the Wildcats rolled to a 28-0 win over Class A Canadian Friday night. The win moves Chouteau’s record to 4-6, matching their best record since 2005.
It was also Chouteau’s first shutout win since Week 3 of the 2011 season. Canadian ends a two-year run in 11-man football and will drop back down to 8-man in 2014.
Canadian’s opening drive stalled and the Cougars (1-9) were forced to punt, giving the ball to Chouteau on its own 25-yard line. The Wildcats received two huge breaks, when Canadian was whistled for a personal foul call on fourth-and-6, then a roughing the kicker penalty a few plays later, giving the Wildcats new life. Chouteau used an effective running attack to move the ball and capitalized when Mynahan hit Robert Evans for a 13-yard touchdown pass.
The Wildcats got the ball back a few minutes later. Mynahan threw a 40-yard pass over the middle to Randy Kennel, putting the 'Cats on the 25-yard line. Seven plays later, senior running back Austin Hershberger plunged in for a 1-yard score, putting the 'Cats up 14-0 at the half.
The Wildcats had good field position to start the second half and had the benefit of another personal foul penalty, putting Chouteau on the Cougar 39-yard line. Mynahan hit Robert Evans for an 11-yard pass, and then followed it with an 8-yard run by Hershberger. On second-and-2 from the 20-yard line, Mynahan found Garret Grossman who scampered 20 yards for the score.
A few minutes later, junior Isaac Carter scored Chouteau’s only pick-six of the season, when he intercepted Caleb Jarrett’s pass and took it 46 yards for a Wildcat touchdown.
The JV played the fourth quarter and got some good play from freshman Joe Quigley, who ran for 19 yards and caught a pass for 6 yards. Freshman Trevor Searcy had one interception and would have had another but was called back due to a penalty.
All in all, it was a great way for the Wildcats to end a season that had some ups and downs.
“Feels good to get a fourth win for this group of seniors,” said head coach Mark Jones. “We reached part of our goals for this season.”
Chouteau was just five minutes of football away from a playoff berth. Losing in the final minutes to Oklahoma Union and Caney Valley, was the difference in a 4-6 and a 6-4 season. Nonetheless, the 2013 season was a good season of laying a foundation for Chouteau football in the coming years.